March 28, 2022

In 2021, IBM announced the release of Red Hat OpenShift 4.7. This release was exciting news for mainframe users because it made Red Hat OpenShift’s container orchestration and management capabilities available for mainframes. This development reflects IBM’s ongoing commitment to the mainframe.

Companies that rely on mainframes are always looking for ways to make the technology relevant to today’s trends, such as containerization and the development of cloud-native applications. The new version of Red Hat OpenShift streamlines the process of developing, deploying, and delivering cloud-native applications for mainframe users.

Mainframe DevOps Challenges

Mainframe users may develop up to hundreds of applications each year to run critical workloads and deliver exceptional customer experiences. Unfortunately, traditional application development processes for the mainframe are slow. Development, testing, and delivery processes may be manual and disconnected, leading to longer development cycles and extending time to market. Friction between the development of applications for back-office and front-office processes can also slow things down.

To stay competitive, companies that use mainframes must find ways to streamline the application development process to deliver and deploy applications more quickly.

Red Hat OpenShift allows IBM Z users to overcome these development challenges through a container platform on their mainframe that uses Kubernetes to develop, run, and manage applications. OpenShift also makes it possible to develop cloud-native applications, a capability that is crucial to keeping your mainframe relevant in this cloud-first era.

How Red Hat OpenShift Enhances IBM Z

Red Hat OpenShift makes it easy for mainframe users to create Kubernetes application testing and development environments on their workstations through CodeReady Workspaces. With OpenShift, Kubernetes’ persistent volume network manages storage and compute resources for production workloads by provisioning storage for the cluster.

Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) Hypervisor support enables users to run microservices alongside applications. Applications can be deployed across hybrid cloud environments while benefiting from monitoring capabilities that provide visibility into application performance and security.

Cloud-native applications can be positioned near workloads to improve performance by reducing latency and increasing throughput rates.

Modernizing Applications

Running Red Hat OpenShift with IBM Z and LinuxONE lays the foundation for mainframe users to modernize applications while reducing risk. OpenShift container security adds another layer of protection to the already secure and resilient combination of IBM Z and LinuxONE.

With OpenShift, companies can modernize their mainframe applications by moving them to the cloud using containerization. The ability to move mainframe applications to the cloud is advantageous for organizations, such as financial institutions, that use customer-facing applications to help clients make important transactions.

Get Your Competitive Edge Back With Red Hat OpenShift

If your company is struggling to overcome mainframe application development challenges, you can get your mojo back by embracing Red Hat OpenShift and containerization. What you need is a technology partner that specializes in the mainframe and has a strong business partnership with IBM.

As a Premier IBM Business Partner focusing exclusively on mainframes, PSR can put you on the right path to making Red Hat OpenShift part of your mainframe modernization and application development strategy. We have the expertise your business needs to take advantage of the benefits of using Red Hat OpenShift with your IBM Z mainframe. Our mainframe systems engineers can help you adopt Red Hat OpenShift and create a plan for using containerization to accelerate and transform your application development.

Find out more about what Red Hat OpenShift can do for your mainframe. Watch the on-demand webinar from IBM Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Performance, Quality & Best Practices.

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